ASA 125th Meeting Ottawa 1993 May

2aAA6. The comparative evaluation of auditoriums---Theaters and concert halls.

Paul S. Veneklasen

Paul S. Veneklasen Res. Foundation, 1711 16th St., Santa Monica, CA 90404

A valiant enterprise is underway to make difficult physical measurements in concert halls and to permit comparisons of these measures among the halls. Early experience is proving most valuable. In this paper full scale measurements will be related to similar information that can be derived in more specific detail from measurements in small models. The data also hold promise of correlation with presentations in auditorium synthesis, which has over the last 25 years furnished design criteria for model studies leading to completed auditoriums. However, the missing link in an invaluable chain of design correlation is the ability to make reliable subjective comparisons and preferential judgments of sound in auditoriums. Suggestions are given for limitations and requirements for the ability to conduct these measurements.